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26 April 2014 - 9:27pm
We came, we saw, we pedalled on Parliament
Pedal on Parliament
On 26 April 2014, thousands of people from across Scotland (and further afield!) descended upon the Scottish Parliament to show politicians that more investment is needed for cycling and active travel.
28 March 2014 - 2:55pm
Leading the CTC way
Image of cycling group http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisjuden/6206413519
I learnt everything I know about leading cycle rides and tours with CTC, but not from any of the training courses recently profiled here and in 'Cycle' magazine. I served an apprenticeship most Sundays since 1972, with several different local CTC groups and on many longer tours at home and abroad.
28 March 2014 - 12:28pm
Mountain biking is important in the city too – cycle training for all
Using a city park to teach mountain biking skills
We are sometimes asked why we offer mountain biking skills in a flat city. Doesn’t it just encourage people to drive out of the city to cycle somewhere else – aren't we increasing motor traffic instead of increasing cycling?
27 March 2014 - 5:50pm
The THINK! campaign for bikes is relaunched - CTC assesses its impact
The DfT's THINK! campaign
Running in some of the cities that received money for cycling recently, the THINK! campaign follows the now usual 'give and take' message that equates cyclists and drivers as similar sources of danger, both of which need to 'play their part'. However, the messages it sends out are largely sensible.
19 March 2014 - 4:52pm
Let's give it up for cycling!
Cyclists on a city street
When we asked CycleClips readers if they had given up their cars for Lent, like CTC member the Bishop of Ramsbury, we weren't sure what to expect. However, many of you wrote in to share your experiences. Here's a selection...
10 March 2014 - 11:55am
Barcelona by bike - a campaigner's guide
Bicycle paths in Barcelona
CTC member and academic Robin Lovelace describes the Catalonian city, with numerous photos to illustrate cycle paths of Barcelona's urban centre, the scale of the city's bicycle rental scheme and provides an insight into what it's like to cycle in the city.
8 March 2014 - 4:39pm
Ride, Cake and Chat!
Cycling ladies
CTC’s Cycling Development Officer in Scotland is a multi-tasker with a mission – to support women to ride, eat cake and chat. For the record, she’s typing this whilst drinking tea and thinking about what to cook for dinner...
4 March 2014 - 2:54pm
Brazil calling – a conversation with the World Bike Forum
World Bike Forum poster (photo by Charlotte Fagan)
The World Bike Forum was in Brazil in February. Bikes not Bombs organised a video discussion between Charlotte Fagan in Curitiba and the Youth Bike Summit in New York. We asked: are cyclists facing the same issues across continents? YES! But the details are certainly different.
3 March 2014 - 3:53pm
Infrastructure and Equity: Discussions from the Youth Bike Summit in NYC
Manhattan bike lane and info form NYC DoT
CTC's Development Officer in Leicester, Elizabeth Barner, is from the US originally. By simple serendipity, she was able to attend a day of the Youth Bike Summit in New York in February and was amazed by the changes she found.
3 March 2014 - 3:30pm
Social justice and cycling - notes from the Youth Bike Summit in New York
Group photo from the Youth Bike Summit 2014
As I was in the right city at the right time, I spent a snowy Saturday in February at the Youth Bike Summit in New York. I was delighted by the spark of the conference and by the huge show of projects and people – 484 people from 25 states, apparently.
21 February 2014 - 4:20pm
Halcyon days - three friends explore the Peloponnese
Winter cycling in the Peloponnese mountains
By February, after this most miserable of winters, I’d almost forgotten what a pleasure it can be to ride a bike. What better to rekindle one's cycling enthusiasm and top up the vitamin D than a short cycling tour somewhere sunny and warm – like Greece perhaps?
20 February 2014 - 11:42am
The Cycle Safety Fund and the Bedford 'turbo' roundabout: some facts
Bedford's turbo roundabout has proved controversial
Criticism of Bedford's design for a 'turbo' roundabout on a major junction needs to be placed in context. Here Chris Peck explains why the project was cleared by a panel involving CTC.
18 February 2014 - 5:29pm
Cycling in London - 30 years ago
The GLC's film shows how little has changed since the 1980s
A film produced by the Greater London Council in 1984, shows how many of the core network of cycle facilities were built through funds from a short lived Cycling Unit.
7 February 2014 - 5:48pm
Boy stuff: cycling, the prostate and erectile dysfunction
A comfortable saddle is the key
Riding a bicycle can aggravate the prostate and cause other health problems in men. The design of the standard bicycle seat can rub against the prostate during the pedalling process. A comforatble saddle is key.
7 February 2014 - 3:19pm
What are your cycling ambitions? Creating a cycling bucket list
Cares Gorge by Edwin Jones
Having turned 40 I reflect that I’ve spent half my time cycling - the rest of the time was wasted…
6 February 2014 - 1:37pm
Birthday boy donates to CDF
Alan with his custom built Girostorino bike frame
Cycle North Wales member Alan Belton raised £470 for the Cyclists' Defence Fund at his 65th birthday celebration dinner.
31 January 2014 - 4:03pm
Front child seats
Family cycling in the Netherlands
Some fans of front child seats are indignant that CTC apparently damns their choice with faint praise. So here's my explanation of why we're not against front seats, but would encourage parents to consider a rear seat first.
30 January 2014 - 9:30pm
Now send us your 'irresponsible' walking-down-the-street adverts!
How many TV adverts breach Highway Code rule 3?
Although the ASA has provisionally withdrawn its ruling against Cycling Scotland's TV advert, the fight isn't over yet. Please send us videos showing how a ban on helmet-free cycling in TV ads would be like refusing to show people on the streets at night without reflective clothing.
29 January 2014 - 12:54pm
Which car ads show breaches of the Highway Code?
A car ad involving driving around with flares was accepted by the ASA
The ASA ruling that outlaws cyclists not wearing helmets and riding outside 'secondary position' is a very hazy interpretation of the Highway Code and cycle training expertise. If you've got examples of car ads that show Highway Code infringements by drivers, let us know and we'll collect them here.
29 January 2014 - 10:54am
Which ads are now banned? Your examples wanted
Unhelmeted hipsters riding all over a promenade. Tsk tsk.
The ASA's bizarre ruling (under appeal by Cycling Scotland) that all cyclists must now be helmeted and cyclists must adopt dangerous road positioning has caused anger amongst the cycling community. If you've got examples of ads that would now be banned, please send them here.

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